lighting for plants
I have a thriving 24x12x12 tank with 4 Tiger barbs, 1 Sucking Loach, 1 Opaline Gourami, 2 Serpae Tetras, I Neon Tetra and 1 Harlequin Tetra.
Currently it's plantless with a pea gravel base and a few rocks. I would like to be able to grow plants sucessfully and have just won some Java Moss from eBayUK as a starter to see how it goes. I plan to 'plant' the moss onto some rocks using nylon hairnet as a fastening method.
I have been using an ordinary household flourescent tube as my light source, its a T8 15W/35, 16/17 inch and the timer keeps it on for 12 hrs a day. What do I need to do to get plants to grow sucessfully...I guess I need a proper light for a start...if so what type as I am confused by the choices?
The tank is in indirect light and I do get some very dark green algae on the glass (easy to get rid of), on the gravel (harder to eradicate and am getting more and more darker coloured gravel than it's original golden colour) and also on the few plants that I did try and grow last year (really hard to get off the leaves, they eventually faded away).
I like the look of planted tanks, so would appreciate any advice you can give me before I set out to buy whatever I need.